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Thailand coach Milovan Rajevac: We can beat higher ranking team like China

Thailand coach Milovan Rajevac is confident about his side’s victory against China in a friendly at Rajamangala National Stadium on Saturday.

“This is an important game for our team because it offers world ranking points,” Rajevac said, as quoted by the Bangkok Post.

“China are ranked higher than Thailand. I want every player to show to Thai football fans that we can beat a higher-ranked team like China.

“We have to prove that we can play against a team of this level.

“Lippi is a great coach but we often play well on home soil.”

China, who are under the guidance of 2006 World Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi, are No.73 and Thailand are ranked No.122 in the latest FIFA rankings.

Thai players are training at the Le Meridien Suvarnabhumi hotel for this warm-up game. To prepare for the game, Rajevac has called up three overseas-based stars, including goalkeeper Kawin Thammasatchanan, striker Teerasil Dangda and midfielder Chanathip Songkrasin.